Basketball is finally here, and although it would have been nice to win, the fact that the teams are playing, is good enough for now.
The Bradshaw Mountain Lady Bears trailed by six in the opening quarter, but ended up with a 15 point win, 46-31. The game started off just fine for Prescott as the Lady Badgers opened up a 9-3 lead before Sierra Woolley and Kendal Newton woke the Lady Bears up, tying the game at the buzzer 9-9.
Woolley and Newton continued to produce points into the second quarter with at 15-0 run to lead 24-9, before Prescott’s Dana Seavey dropped in a long range three to cut the deficit to 24-12 with just under three minutes left in the half.
Hollie Dalton nailed a three to pull the Lady Badgers to within 24-15. After a Bradshaw basket it was Dalton again, and the score was 26-17 at the half.
The second half was much of the same, as the aggressive Lady Bears used multiple offensive possessions to slowly increase their lead.
Hollie Dalton drove the length of the court to drop in a layup to trim the Bradshaw lead to 34-21 with 1:26 remaining in the third. No further scoring, so the Lady Bears led by 13 starting the final quarter.
Prescott baskets by 14 and 20 got the Lady Badgers to within nine at 34-25 with 5:53 remaining. Turnovers and one and done shot opportunities were too much for Prescott to overcome in the 17 point loss.
Lady Badger coach Bobbi Yoder said, “It was good to finally be playing a game. That was definitely a tough one for the first one out of the gates though. We had a pretty good 1st, 3rd, and 4th period. The 2nd period we just dug to big of a hole for ourselves with turnovers and we allowed too many second chance opportunities to a good Bradshaw team. They were definitely the better team tonight and it showed.”
Bradshaw Mountain (1-0) travels to El Mirage to face Dysart tonight at 5:30pm. Prescott (0-1) will host Mohave on Friday at 7pm.
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Bradshaw Mountain’s Carter John came to play, scoring a game high 28 points to that helped beat the Prescott Badgers 67-50 last night in Prescott Valley.
The Badgers struggled early as John and the Bears went up 10-0 in the opening quarter. Milap Owens got a shot to fall for the first Prescott basket of the night midway through the first quarter. The Badgers played evenly with the Bears and trailed 18-8 after the first 8 minutes.
Prescott made a mini run in the second, closing the deficit to 22-18 and again at 25-21, but that would be as close as the Badgers would get. Bradshaw went to the locker room with a 36-27 advantage that grew in the final quarters.
Another attempt by Prescott to make it close came when Benji Black fed Jason Parent for a basket to draw the Badgers within 47-40 in the final minute of the third. Nick Summit and Carter John each scored to open the Bears lead back to double digits at 51-40 after three quarters.
Badger coach Travis Stedman said, “Hats off to Bradshaw, they defended incredibly tonight and really controlled our tempo. We struggled to execute on offense and that put a lot of pressure on our defense to be perfect. All that is on me. I have to put them in better positions to be successful.”
Milap Owens led Prescott with 17, and Jonas Carmen added 12. The Badgers struggled from the line, shooting just 38%. Nate Summit contributed 12 points for the Bears, which got most of their production from the starting five, that scored 60 of the 67 points for the home team.
The Badgers (0-1) will return home to face Mohave next Tuesday at 7pm. Bradshaw Mountain (1-0) travels to face Mingus on Tuesday at 7pm.
BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN BEARS 67, PRESCOTT BADGERS 50